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Wednesday, 27 October 1971
Page: 2578

Dr PATTERSON (Dawson) - Mr Act ing Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr ACTING SPEAKER - Order! Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Dr PATTERSON -I have been misrepresented by the honourable member for Maranoa (Mr Corbett) in a question that he asked. He quoted from a newspaper but in part only a letter allegedly written by Dalgety (Aust.) Ltd which claimed that my statement that the firm would receive $600,000 under the wool deficiency payments scheme was incorrect. My point now is that Dalgetys, for which firm the honourable member acts as if he were possibly some kind of agent, has denied that it will receive this amount of money. Although not specifically saying so it implied, from the number of sheep that it referred to, that it would get about$200,000. My figures were based on the total number of sheep owned directly and indirectly by Dalgetys, including the sheep, or the wool from them, owned by thousands of wool growers on which that firm has a first lien or mortgage and in respect of which it is therefore, under the Wool (Deficiency Payments) Bill 1971, entitled to the subsidy paid to those producers.

Mr ACTING SPEAKER - The honourable member has claimed to have been misrepresented and it is the practice of the House to give an honourable member the opportunity to point out where he has been misrepresented. At this stage I feel that the honourable member for Dawson is seeking to make a speech in order to explain the misrepresentation.

Dr PATTERSON - I do not wish to make a speech.

Mr ACTING SPEAKER - The point I am trying to make is that in making his personal explanation the honourable member for Dawson should not develop it into a speech on the subject. He should limit himself strictly to a particular comment.

Dr PATTERSON - I refer again to the Dorothy Dix question which was asked by a member of the Country Party. It is here that I was misrepresented in the Parliament. There is only one way to settle this matter. I challenge Dalgety's to produce to me its books of account showing the Dumber of sheep it owns and the first liens it has on wool sales throughout Australia. If I am in error in what I have said I will have no hesitation in admitting the error, but if Dalgetys does not produce to me its books of account I can only presume that what I said and the data and sources from which I have secured my information are correct.

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